The letter P
P is for Paderewski
and here is Ignacy Jan Paderewski playing Frederic Chopin; a Nocturne, A Waltz and his beautiful Etude in A Minor, Opus 25/11
Paderewski was a famous Polish pianist, who from his early childhood had a great interest in music. He
made his musical debut im Vienna in 1887 and his brilliant playing inspired extravagant praise both in Europe and the United States.
During World War 1 Paderewski became an active member and spokesman of the Polish National Committee and in 1919 he became the Prime Minister of a newly independent Poland,and subsequently the Polish Ambassador to the League of Nations.
In 1922 he retired from politics and returned to his musical life, touring the United States
in a private railway car with great success. He was a wit, and a raconteur, and he once recalled "I established a certain standard of behaviour, that, during my playing, there must be no talking. When they began to talk I would stop. I would say 'I am sorry to interrupt your conversation. I deeply regret that I am obliged to disturb you, so I am going to stop for a while to allow you to continue talking'. an effective ploy.
Paderewski died in 1941, still touring, still delighting his audience with his brilliant playing......
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